Dr. Jill Biden and Malala Yousafzai to Keynote Ellucian Live 2018

Former Second Lady Biden and youngest Nobel Laureate Yousafzai to underscore importance of access to education

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Reston, Va.

Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, is proud to announce its keynote speakers for Ellucian Live 2018 – Dr. Jill Biden and Malala Yousafzai. Ellucian Live 2018, Ellucian’s annual users’ conference, will be held in San Diego from April 8-11, 2018 and expects more than 7,500 participants from at least 1,700 higher education institutions worldwide.

“Dr. Jill Biden and Malala Yousafzai are passionate advocates for the transformative role that higher education plays in our lives,” said Ellucian CEO Laura Ipsen. “They remind us all that no goal is out of reach for those with the courage to lead and a willingness to unite for the common good—we’re thrilled to have them inspire our audience who is rooted in those same beliefs.”

Dr. Jill Biden is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, and a proud military mom. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden worked to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Virginia. She has seen education change lives for the better firsthand and through the work of the Biden Foundation, Dr. Biden and her husband continue their commitment to supporting community colleges and education.

Malala Yousafzai is an activist from Pakistan who began speaking out for girls’ education at 11 years old. After surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at 15, she co-founded Malala Fund, which champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Two years later, Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate. Now a student at Oxford, Malala continues to campaign for a world where every girl can choose her own future.

Ellucian Live is the largest user event in higher education technology. The event offers attendees nearly 600 sessions on topics ranging from tips for maximizing current investments to how cloud and data solutions are creating efficiencies on campuses worldwide, to demonstrations of emerging technology. Ellucian Live seeks to foster a sense of community in a market facing enormous change by facilitating discussions on critical issues and challenges while sharing best practices amongst peers and offering opportunities to learn from one another.


About Ellucian

Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in nearly 50 countries—enhancing operations and enriching the experience for over 18 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions in higher education. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.

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